Cincinnati at San Francisco

Cincinnati (10-15) «10211230010141
San Francisco (11-14)1110110049102

Reds 10, Giants 9 wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dusty Baker hopes that the way his team scored runs Saturday night, maybe the Reds will finally get on a nice roll.

Paul Bako hit a solo home run and added an RBI single, Brandon Phillips doubled and drove in two runs and Cincinnati snapped a three-game skid with a 10-9 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

The Reds barely held off a ninth-inning rally, matched their season high with 15 hits and scored their second most runs of the year.

"It's never easy is it? It's a win," said Baker, the team's first-year skipper. "Fortunately for us we scored a lot of runs tonight."

Matt Belisle (1-1) labored through five innings but won in his second start of the year. He lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his debut last Monday. Joey Votto had three hits with a double and scored twice and Jeff Keppinger also had three hits as the Reds earned just their fourth win in the last 15 games.

The Reds gave Baker a victory back in the Bay Area, where he managed the Giants from 1993 through their 2002 World Series season, and general manager Walt Jocketty his first win since taking over Wednesday for the fired Wayne Krivsky.

On this night, the Reds outplayed the Giants in every facet for most of the game, including making several heads-up plays on the bases while taking advantage of some defensive mistakes by San Francisco.

"It's fun to play and hopefully tonight will get us on a roll," Bako said. "If we get our pitching and offense in sync, we'll be all right."

The Giants rallied with four runs in the ninth. Backup catcher Steve Holm doubled off Todd Coffey to start things off, then scored on Jose Castillo's RBI double moments later. Fred Lewis walked and closer Francisco Cordero entered and immediately gave up a two-run triple to Eugenio Velez and Randy Winn's RBI groundout.

Cordero then recorded the final two outs for his third save in as many chances.

Ken Griffey Jr. stayed put at 597 home runs, going 1-for-4 with a double, strikeout and a pair of walks, including an intentional free pass. The slugger went 0-for-4 in the series opener Friday.

The Giants lost starter Kevin Correia in the first inning to a strained muscle in his left side. He was undergoing an MRI and manager Bruce Bochy expected to know more about his status Sunday.

Lewis tripled in the first and had a splash-hit home run into McCovey Cove in the fifth -- the first Giant to do so since indicted home run king Barry Bonds reached the water on Aug. 8 last year. Adam LaRoche of the Pittsburgh Pirates was the most recent player to homer into the water on Aug. 11 last year.

Lewis' solo shot off Belisle on the first pitch of the fifth inning marked the 46th time a San Francisco batter has connected into the water. Lewis added a single in the seventh.

"He's doing everything you'd want from a leadoff hitter," Bochy said.

Rich Aurilia also hit a solo shot for the Giants, his second homer. Velez and Aaron Rowand each had RBI groundouts but the Giants saw their three-game winning streak end.

Phillips' performance certainly pleased Baker, who held the slumping second baseman out of the starting lineup Friday before he came in and added a pinch-hit homer for his team's lone run in the 3-1 loss.

"Brandon is swinging the bat well," Baker said. "We have a lot of guys swinging the bat, getting a lot of hits."

Correia threw a high 1-1 pitch to Griffey with one out in the first and Keppinger aboard on a single when the right-hander felt something and braced his glove arm against his side. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, pitching coach Dave Righetti and Bochy rushed to the mound and checked on the pitcher, who then left the game.

Brad Hennessey (1-1) had to warm up hurriedly on the mound to replace Correia and then finished Correia's walk. In a strange phenomenon, Correia made nine pitches with six strikes but still got credited with the base on balls. Hennessey hit an RBI single in the second in his first at-bat of 2008.

"It catches you off guard," Hennessey said of being thrown into the game that way. "You've got to go out there and try to get the outs."

The Giants will send Barry Zito (0-5) to the mound in Sunday's rubber game with the left-hander still looking for his first victory of the year.

Winn returned to San Francisco's starting lineup in right field after missing the previous two games with stiffness in his neck.


A large juvenile black-crowned night-heron bird watched from a high perch at the top of the backstop for the first three innings before flying through the field and away. ... World Cup soccer star Brandi Chastain threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... In honor of the Giants' 50th anniversary season in San Francisco, the club is featuring historic moments on sets of tickets -- with Baker being recognized on Saturday's tickets. ... Giants LHP Noah Lowry, recovering from forearm surgery, will undergo a nerve conduction test Tuesday. ... San Francisco INF Kevin Frandsen has begun lifting weights with his upper body as he recovers from Achilles' tendon surgery that will sideline him all season.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

F. Lewis
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1

J. Votto
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Cincinnati Reds
Corey Patterson, CF6111001 .222
Jeff Keppinger, SS5231001 .316
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4010213 .244
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Brandon Phillips, 2B6023013 .263
Adam Dunn, LF3100125 .192
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Hatteberg, PH1000000 .161
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Jerry Hairston Jr., RF0000000 .389
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5121013 .282
Joey Votto, 1B5230001 .318
Paul Bako, C4122122 .333
Matt Belisle, P1000010 .000
   b- Ryan Freel, PH-LF2211102 .286
a-grounded out for Lincoln in the 8th
b-walked for Belisle in the 6th
2B - Corey Patterson (7, Hennessey), Ken Griffey Jr. (4, Chulk), Brandon Phillips (7, Hennessey), Edwin Encarnacion (5, Yabu), Joey Votto (5, Hennessey), Ryan Freel (2, Taschner)
HR - Paul Bako (2, Yabu)
SH - Jeff Keppinger (2), Matt Belisle (1)
RBI - Corey Patterson (11), Jeff Keppinger (12), Brandon Phillips 3 (10), Edwin Encarnacion (12), Paul Bako 2 (9), Ryan Freel (4)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (1)
SB - Brandon Phillips (4, 2nd base off Taschner/Holm)
E - Edwin Encarnacion (7, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle (W,1-1) 5544121 9.00
Mike Lincoln (H,3) 2211001 3.00
Jeremy Affeldt 1000210 1.69
Todd Coffey0233100 6.91
Francisco Cordero (S,3) 1111010 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 72-45, Mike Lincoln 22-15, Jeremy Affeldt 22-13, Todd Coffey 10-5, Francisco Cordero 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 13-1, Mike Lincoln 4-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 22, Mike Lincoln 7, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Todd Coffey 3, Francisco Cordero 4
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF4331101 .333
Eugenio Velez, 2B-RF5223001 .257
Randy Winn, RF-CF4001111 .236
Aaron Rowand, CF3001011 .301
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Ortmeier, 1B1000100 .222
John Bowker, 1B2000001 .244
    Keiichi Yabu, P0000000 .000
    Ray Durham, 2B3000011 .222
Rich Aurilia, 3B-1B3121000 .224
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Bocock, PH0000100 .172
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
Emmanuel Burriss, SS4100004 .167
Steve Holm, C4110012 .263
Kevin Correia, P0000000 .143
    Brad Hennessey, P10110001.000
    Jose Castillo, 3B3111001 .230
a-walked for Valdez in the 8th
2B - Steve Holm (2, Coffey), Jose Castillo (10, Coffey)
3B - Fred Lewis (2, Belisle), Eugenio Velez (3, Cordero)
HR - Fred Lewis (2, Belisle), Rich Aurilia (2, Lincoln)
RBI - Fred Lewis (7), Eugenio Velez 3 (7), Randy Winn (8), Aaron Rowand (10), Rich Aurilia (6), Brad Hennessey (1), Jose Castillo (6)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hennessey (1)
SB - Eugenio Velez (5, 2nd base off Belisle/Bako), Rich Aurilia (1, 2nd base off Belisle/Bako), Emmanuel Burriss (3, 2nd base off Belisle/Bako)
Team LOB - 5
E - Rich Aurilia (2, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
Kevin Correia 0.1111100 4.50
Brad Hennessey (L,1-1) 3633030 11.85
Keiichi Yabu 2.1232311 3.45
Jack Taschner 1433030 5.59
Merkin Valdez 1.1100110 1.50
Vinnie Chulk 1100000 2.57
IBB - Griffey by Keiichi Yabu
WP - Brad Hennessey (1), Keiichi Yabu (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 13-8, Brad Hennessey 56-36, Keiichi Yabu 45-22, Jack Taschner 26-18, Merkin Valdez 24-14, Vinnie Chulk 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hennessey 3-3, Keiichi Yabu 5-2, Jack Taschner 1-0, Merkin Valdez 3-0, Vinnie Chulk 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 3, Brad Hennessey 15, Keiichi Yabu 13, Jack Taschner 8, Merkin Valdez 6, Vinnie Chulk 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34215
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor